Majettes tab Wasser as next head coach

Since he was a student at Minot State, Bernie Wasser has dreamed about being the head basketball coach at Minot High.

Less than a month after former girls basketball coach Todd Magnuson announced his resignation, Wasser had his dream come true, accepting the head coaching position with the Majettes.

Wasser brings with him 23 years of head coaching experience in Montana. Winning has come natural to Wasser wherever he’s coached, winning three state titles.

“He has a passion for basketball and for teaching and coaching,” Minot Athletic Director Mitch Lunde said. “One of the things is he’s got experience as a head coach. He’s got the passion. You can tell he just loves to coach.

“He’s been around the block so he knows how to motivate kids in a positive way. He’s not a screamer. He likes to get things done and be well-prepared for games, scout our opponents. I’m very happy that he applied.”

Wasser’s wife, Cathie, is from Minot, so the opportunity for Wasser to land his dream job along with being close to family was one he couldn’t pass up.

“I always felt Minot was a very unique city,” Wasser said. “I took grasp to it in college and it’s a place I’ve always wanted to be.”

Wasser inherits a Majettes team coming off their most successful season in recent memory, advancing to the Class A state championship game as the No. 3 seed in the West Region. Minot returns all but one player next year. The Majettes will have six seniors and three juniors on the roster next season.

“I know it’s a very elite program,” Wasser said. “It always has been.”

Wasser won two Montana boys Class B state titles with the Malta Mustangs during the 1995-96 and 1997-98 seasons. He claimed his third state title in 2002-03 as the coach of the Beaverhead County girls basketball team.

Wasser is 372-189 in his 23 years and has been named coach of the year three times.

“My teams are fundamentally sound and very well-prepared,” Wasser said. “I’m very structured and organized and my teams are disciplined.”

Wasser spent last season as an assistant coach at the University of Montana Western, an NAIA school in Dillon, Mont. UMW finished 15-13, losing in the second round of the Frontier Conference Tournament. Wasser got a taste of North Dakota basketball on two occasions last year as the Bulldogs swept Dickinson State during the regular season.

“It is the head coach at Minot High. It’s a huge position,” Lunde said. “It’s something we don’t take lightly. We want the best candidate and I think we got a great candidate.”

Mike Kraft covers Minot High athletics. Follow him on Twitter @MKraft24_MDN.